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Ten coaches derail on gradient, 98 hurt

Among the 98 injured, about 16 are given first-aid for simple injures and discharged, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 23:23 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar

Ninety-eight persons, including six railway employees, were injured when ten coaches of the 113-Surat-Bhusawal passenger train derailed near Kolde station, in Maharashtra at 5 am on Friday.

Among the 98 injured, about 16 were given first-aid for simple injures and discharged. Of the remaining injured 76 were passengers and six railway employees. Fifteen among them have been grievously injured.

The incident occurred when the train was approaching Kolde Railway station (110 km from Surat) on Surat-Nandurbar single line electrified section of Western Railway. Of the ten coaches that derailed, three coaches capsized, leading to more injuries.

Western Railway officials at the site said the cause of the accident is not immediately known, but that the railway line is on a gradient and the train would have split during the climb, possibly due to a break in couplings leading to the mishap. Senior officials have reached the site to investigate the matter.

The injured have been hospitalised in Gramin Hospital, Nawapur and efforts are being made to restore the railway line at the earliest possible. Following the derailment, nine trains have been diverted and six cancelled or partially cancelled.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 23:19 IST